Baptism of Christ, c. 1523
Oil on canvas transferred from panel
Gift of Charles M. Pratt
Dimensions: Unframed: 39 x 31 3/4 in. (99.06 x 80.65 cm)
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The artist known as Bachiacca was, according to Vasari, like Raphael a Flo- rentine student of Perugino and a friend of Andrea del Sarto. He was part of a generation of painters in Florence during the mid-sixteenth century who did not follow the more flamboyant Mannerist model of painting exempli- fied by the work of Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, but rather continued a conservative presentation modeled after Perugino and Ghirlandaio. The Vassar Baptism of Christ is a theme that he portrayed on several occasions. The present painting is really a condensation of figural motifs found in a larger version of the subject now in Berlin. This adaptability allowed him to satisfy the needs of patrons on many different levels of commissions.